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Prediction: Dr Ivo will have a surprising run at Wimby this year.

DartMarcus
06-10-2009, 04:07 PM
Ivo Karlovic has always been GS midget, reaching R4 at a Slam only once in his career and never winning a single 5-set match. :o
Lets have a look at all his Wimby perfomances.
2003: qualifies, beats Hewitt and losses to Mirnyi in R3.
2004: beats Srichaphan and Lopez, losses to Fed in R4
2005: losses to Bracialli in R1 in 5 sets
2006: losses to Wawrinka in R1 in 5 sets
2007: losses to Santoro in R1 in 5 sets
2008: losses to Stadler in R1 in 4(:eek:) sets
Now it`s 5 years since his best run here.
Despite having such a bad record at Wimby, in his grass career Ivo has reached Queens F (2005) and also won Nottingham twice (2007,2008)
You hear it here first: Ivo Karlovic wins his 1st ever 5-setter, upsets some top-10 player and reaches QF!!! :banana:

oranges
06-10-2009, 04:11 PM
He will shock us all and make it to the 2nd round, beating Falla on the way. :p

tangerine_dream
06-10-2009, 04:12 PM
A surprising run to the second round. :yeah:

miura
06-10-2009, 04:24 PM
I'm guessing R3. It's all about the matchups

marcRD
06-10-2009, 04:26 PM
No top player would like to face him in R3.

samanosuke
06-10-2009, 04:32 PM
he will lose in five again... :)

Arkulari
06-10-2009, 05:55 PM
he served 55 aces on CLAY and still lose :rolls:

it all depends on whom he's serving against, but I honestly don't see him upsetting a top player :o

Ivo#1Fan
06-10-2009, 06:34 PM
He will serve 72 aces and lose in 5 to Santoro.

Yves.
06-10-2009, 08:37 PM
His serve is up and running. A suprising run could happen.

He will serve 72 aces and lose in 5 to Santoro.

:haha::haha:

PiggyGotRoasted
06-10-2009, 08:44 PM
I reckon he will lose to Tommy Haas, who will go onto have an amazing run and cause a few big upsets.

Iván
06-17-2009, 03:30 PM
Who Has the best chance out of the dying breed to go deep?

I thought about this the other day, imagine if nadal drew karlovic and it was raining, the roof was closed and karlovic's game enters impossible to break mode...

Ivo Karlovic

http://www.austriantimes.at/pic/1vkg22qu.jpg

Radek Stepanek

http://www.hindu.com/2005/12/30/images/2005123009782201.jpg

Nicolas Kiefer

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2308/1983366505_fb803cf8a8.jpg?v=0

Mischa Zverev

http://www.abendblatt.de/multimedia/archive/00093/Zverev_HA_Sport_Muen_93397c.jpg

Ivan Ljubicic

http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a199/amierin/misc/c1154c2d.jpg

Michael Llodra

http://pyramidtennis.info/Gallery/ATP%20FashionShow/Michael%20Llodra.jpg

Feli Lopez

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_5mxw-sYc_F0/SeWhYnaBDrI/AAAAAAAAep4/78kbn3XG2gY/s400/FelicianoLopez002.jpg

Phil Petzschner

http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_Qg6J04XZhR4/SNpVnrfAS2I/AAAAAAAACqQ/H2J1XVM6cQA/s400/91e3ee37657ce2a58a3e457dd9db6f2a-getty-tennis-atp-tha-ger.jpg

Gilles Muller

http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2005/08/31/sports/31tennis1.184.jpg

Mardy Fish

http://www.gototennisblog.com/wp-content/uploads/4.bp.blogspot.com/_Oa0mWZnPcRc/SOWwvTWTuLI/AAAAAAAAAwM/7klYbD3mhb0/s320/Mardywedding.jpg

DartMarcus
06-17-2009, 03:32 PM
Where is Taylor Dent?

Iván
06-17-2009, 03:33 PM
Has he made it through?

rubbERR
06-17-2009, 03:35 PM
More like Wimbledon 2009 - error machines

Horatius
06-17-2009, 03:36 PM
Where is Taylor Dent?

My question also. Wait for him to qualify before such a poll.

Iván
06-17-2009, 03:37 PM
More like Wimbledon 2009 - error machines

:D

decrepitude
06-17-2009, 03:39 PM
Best chance of what? If you mean of winning, where is the "none of them" option?

Elena.
06-17-2009, 03:43 PM
Lopez

Horatio Caine
06-17-2009, 03:44 PM
Ljubo isn't a serve-volleyer, and usually doesn't venture forward unless he is really invited to. Wouldn't attach that label to Kiefer either, although he does like to come forward a fair bit.

Otherwise, it is a good list, and I'd be choosing between Fish, Lopez (always dangerous, in a loose sense), Stepanek (is he fit?) and Karlovic (surely has to end the run of 5 straight R1s) as possibilities to reach the 2nd week.

The others are all useful players who can beat a good name every-so-often...but you wouldn't really expect to see them beyond R3 (maybe with the exception of Llodra).

oranges
06-17-2009, 03:47 PM
Why is Ljubo listed as S/V?

Burrow
06-17-2009, 03:49 PM
Llodranator.

rocketassist
06-17-2009, 03:50 PM
Kiefer, Ljubo and Fish are not S and V.

SaFed2005
06-17-2009, 03:50 PM
Where is Mahut?

philosophicalarf
06-17-2009, 03:55 PM
Karlovic is fairly mediocre in tiebreaks - bit of a killer when his chance at breaking on grass is so low. Simply not made for slam events either, he needs to win in straights, if it goes 4 sets he's toast.

Fish is useless. And he's really, really **** in tiebreaks.

Gilles Muller has proven he can do it at the US Open, but he's woeful on grass. His current form is severeal country miles beyond awful too.

Feli Lopez is the only proven quality grasscourter there really.

DartMarcus
06-17-2009, 04:06 PM
Ivo, Mardy and Llodra are the most dangerous :D

Mĺnu
06-17-2009, 04:20 PM
Kiefer, Ljubo and Fish are not S and V.

Where is Mahut?

Same for me!

habibko
06-17-2009, 04:27 PM
great pix, hopefully Dent :worship:

add him plz :(

habibko
06-17-2009, 04:27 PM
Kiefer, Ljubo and Fish are not S and V.

Kiefer and Fish S&V on first serve consistently.

seljanin
06-17-2009, 04:35 PM
Not all the players in the list are S&V, but it's already mentioned by few posters.

Kiefer and Fish S&V on first serve consistently.

Hmm... I wouldn't say that they do it constantly. They do it often, but more for mixing the things up, not as a constant tactic.

EDIT: I'd add Robert Kendrick to the list, and, of course, Mahut, as already mentioned, and Dent, if he manages to qualify.

MacTheKnife
06-17-2009, 04:53 PM
Guess you only have to S&V once in your career to make this list.

Jimnik
06-17-2009, 05:57 PM
Nadal could make the list. He S&Ved one point in the final last year.

I saw Ferrero S&V once or twice in his career too. :p

Satsuma
06-17-2009, 06:17 PM
Hernandez, Montanes, Davydenko and Devilder are shocking omissions

pray-for-palestine-and-israel
06-17-2009, 09:49 PM
Does Roddick and Fed count as S&V :roll:

MurrayFan1
06-17-2009, 09:51 PM
Stepanek.

dijus
06-17-2009, 10:24 PM
Mahut

delpiero7
06-17-2009, 10:31 PM
be honest, this thread is just an excuse to post those pics, isn't it?

General Suburbia
06-17-2009, 10:37 PM
Kiefer, Ljubo and Fish are not S and V.
Fish is serve and volley. He'd do it more too if his serve percentage was higher.

Xavier7
06-18-2009, 12:56 PM
Lopez and Stepanek have the best chance of going deep.
Dent has to play Cuevas to 3rd round qualies so he should beat him, but don't think his form is very good right now.
Ivan Navarro is also a serve volleyer you forgot.
Not sure if Mahut is going to be there.

Iván
06-18-2009, 01:23 PM
I need to make a new list dont i?

dent, mahut have to be included

finishingmove
06-18-2009, 01:30 PM
<----

DartMarcus
06-18-2009, 02:02 PM
Taylor should be added now :D
Yani and Ram also serve&volley a lot, don`t they?

DartMarcus
06-19-2009, 11:46 AM
Ivo starts his Wimby run vs Lacko.
Go Karlo! :worship:

alter ego
06-19-2009, 11:59 AM
I don't see it coming.

philosophicalarf
06-19-2009, 11:59 AM
His serve is in ridiculous form, but he really needs to win 3-0 in every match, or a short 3-1 at worst. Problem with that is he's not going to break much, and he's very average in tiebreaks. Following the Hewitt example at Roland Garros, opponents will also know even two sets down they have a chance, cos he's going to run out of energy soon.

Horatio Caine
06-19-2009, 12:02 PM
Should win his first two matches, and would obviously have a genuine shot at Tsonga in R3.

daddy
06-19-2009, 12:10 PM
This year he didn't play a week before Wimbledon so he's rested and ready. I see him reaching at least 3rd round.

Stasm
06-19-2009, 12:13 PM
He have to face Dancevic in 2nd round. That's already hard for him.

jmsx521
06-19-2009, 03:10 PM
I pick Karlovic to beat Hewitt in the final!

Pfloyd
06-19-2009, 03:14 PM
Based on what?

Sure he's annoying and has stunned a Wimby champion before, but that's a surprise in and of itself.

Na, ain't gonna happen. Maybe Ljubicic will do decent, but I don't think any in that list is going to be a huge threat.

seljanin
06-19-2009, 03:35 PM
Why is the thread about serve&volley players merged with Dr Ivo's prediction thread? It's not the same topic. C'mon, mods, who merged them? :shrug:

oranges
06-19-2009, 03:43 PM
Mahut to stun Nando in R2 :rocker:

DartMarcus
06-22-2009, 07:01 PM
Ivo finally won Wimby R1 :eek:
6-3 7-6 6-3 with 32 aces :D

Loftra
06-23-2009, 06:15 AM
Darcis next. Shouldn't be a problem.

DartMarcus
06-25-2009, 07:12 AM
Another easy win. 5 more to go!
Next: Tsonga.

DartMarcus
06-26-2009, 04:16 PM
BUMP
4 more to go.

Guy Haines
06-27-2009, 03:53 AM
Credit to you Dart Marcus. Whe you first posted this I doubted your prediction because Karlovic hasn't had 3-of-5 stamina.

Today's win was a major one in terms of overcoming that block.

If his match against Verdasco is 1/2 as close as their last one on grass it'll be a big deal.

DartMarcus
07-02-2009, 01:30 PM
At least QF :worship:
I was right :D

Dini
07-02-2009, 02:09 PM
:worship: